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Police: Man Robbed, Tortured With Blow Torch, Fish Hook For 2 Days

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (CBS) — Two men have been arrested after Atlantic City Police say they robbed and tortured a man for two days, burning the victim’s feet with a blow torch and sticking a fish hook in his mouth.

Investigators say 28-year-old Roberto Alicea, 32-year-old Mark Hopewell and a third suspect reportedly tied up the 36-year-old victim inside an apartment on Georgia Avenue for two days. During that time, the victim says he was repeatedly punched, had his feet burned with a blow torch, and a fish hook stuck in his mouth and under his chin.

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The victim was also robbed of more than $700. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Roberto Alicea, Mark Hopewell

LEFT: Roberto Alicea | RIGHT: Mark Hopewell
Credit: Atlantic County Justice Facility

The two men have been charged with robbery, aggravated assault, two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, two counts of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, criminal restraint, and conspiracy.

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Police continue to search for the third suspect.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Atlantic City Police Department Criminal Investigations Section at 609-347-5766.  Information can be text to tip411 (847411) and begin the text with ACPD. All texts are anonymous.

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